Buying gifts for the holidays can be frustrating and mind boggling. Finding the perfect present requires insight into a person's likes, dislikes, wants, and needs. If you have this information, use it to buy a bespoke gift. If you don't have this information, there are a few gifts that are appreciated 90% of the time.
The key to a non-controversial gift is to 1) buy something of a transient nature or 2) buy a gift that a person can own more than one of the same thing without it being wasteful.
Scented Candles: Not everyone is a candle aficionado or recognizes complex scents are a luxury item. Some might even scoff at a candle as a gift. However, once you smell the deliciousness of a high quality candle, it's hard to deny that a gift for the olfactory sense can be as enjoyable as a gift for your taste buds. Check out, Top 10 Holiday Candles.
Coasters: Having more than one set of coasters is fun. You can set different moods with your tabletop by switching out one type of coaster for another. These little squares can make an bold statement without breaking the bank, and that's why they make great gifts. Check out, The Case for Coasters: Better Safe than Sorry!
Stemware: Glasses, like coasters, are tabletop accessories that are interchangeable depending on the situation. Having a variety of stemware at your fingertips expands your entertaining repertoire. Check out, Best Wine Glasses 2010 and Advice on Wines and Stemware
Tea or Coffee: Since modern culture is completely dependent on caffeine almost everyone is a fan of either tea or coffee. Both of these items and their accessories can be bought as luxury goods. Check out, Modern Tea Sets and Coffee & the Works
Cleaning Supplies: Ok, there is something decidedly unglamorous about buying someone a toilet scrubber, but there a tons of new products on the market that basically turn cleaning solutions into aromatherapy. I can't think of a present I would enjoy more. Anything that makes cleaning less dreary is a good gift. Put the products in a cute basket, and I'm in heaven. Even if you're not the house cleaner, having your bathroom smell like fresh basil is so much better than the smell of faux lemon chemicals. Check out, Green Cleaning Products
Universal Charging Station: You can never have enough electronic chargers. Putting more than one in your house ensures that your gadgets will never be out of juice. It's convenient and some charging centers are very sleek. This gift will be appreciate by most, but you might want to pass if you're buying for grandma. Check out, Universal Charging Stations You Can Leave Out in the Open
Stationery: Even though handwritten notes are a lost art, most people still own stationary. It's both opulent and quaint, almost like a collector's item. Combining the traditions of the Holidays and the traditional gift of paper is always a warm and fuzzy crown pleaser. Check out, Good Questions: Good Old Fashioned Stationary?
Please let us know if you have ideas for reliable Holiday gifts!
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